Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Diversity, Tolerance and Privilege: Rejected

The title of this article is not meant to be political or ideological in any way.  It is being used with a purely theological intent.  Allow me to explain.


It seems that every day we hear words like “tolerance,” “diversity,” and “privilege.”  There are scores of reasons why these words are being used. Some of those reasons are valid; some are not.  The difficulty with the way in which these words are being used (by some) is that these words are being used to shame, intimidate or create strife and division.  Some who shout about “privilege” are doing so in order to obtain something that they believe they are “entitled” to.  Some use diversity as a means bolster their argument that more “diversity” requires that there must be exclusions of some whom they believe are the “privileged.”  Some who wave the flag of “tolerance” are completely intolerant of those who would disagree with their views or opinions, even to the point of violence and death. 


This intolerance is becoming more and more apparent for those who are true believers in the Lord, Jesus Christ.  Christianity and Christians are under attack all around the globe and in increasing instances here in the United States.  This seems to be a really peculiar thing to me because Jesus is the King of tolerance, diversity and privilege.  Let me explain.


Jesus is tolerant of ALL sinners, and we are ALL sinners (Romans 3:23).  He is “tolerant” in the sense that it doesn’t matter what a person has done in offending God because of their endless sin.  By God’s grace alone, through a person’s faith alone (in Jesus’ death and resurrection), His shed blood on His cross has the power to pay for anyone’s sin-debt and grant to them eternal life (Eph. 2:8-9).  Yet, how many people will proudly say, “I’m a good person. I’m not a bad sinner like those other people.  I don’t need anyone.”  Their pride and lack of humility will lead to their condemnation.


Jesus is the most diverse person who ever lived.  How so?  By inviting all people, no matter their gender, color, age, heritage, language or upbringing, to believe and receive Him as their personal Savior and Lord (John 3:14-18; Rev. 5:9-10).  Yet, there are those who think that only certain denominations, or a particular race of people will benefit from Jesus’ sacrifice on behalf of ALL humanity.  Their theological presuppositions and lack of Bible knowledge will lead them to quite a surprise when their stand before God.


The ultimate “privilege” comes to true Christians, true believers, in the form of adoption as sons and daughters of Almighty God.  True believers become “heirs” of the Father along with Jesus, which entitles them to all of the blessings reserved for the sons and daughters of the God (Rom. 8:15-17; Gal. 3:23-29: 4:4-7. Titus 3:4-7).  However, those privileges are not all in this life, but in the one to come (Rom. 8:18-23).  Yet, there are those who pedal a theology that a person can have their “best life now.” By pushing that theology, many are led astray thinking that God is some sort of a cosmic genie who must bless them with whatever they desire in this life.  However, Jesus’ words to His disciples were very clear, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b).


 Always remember the words of the writer of the letter to the Hebrews (9:22-28), 

“And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness for sin.  23Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 nor was it that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood not his own.  26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.


We are living in historic times.  We are living in dangerous times.  We are living in hopeful times because the Church is still on the earth, which means that the same Lord Jesus is still extending His grace and forgiveness to all people, from every tribe, tongue and nation.  His tolerance, diversity and inherited privilege of adoption into the family of God is available for all who will believe and receive Him.


May the Lord give you opportunities to share your testimony with those whose paths you cross as we see the day of His return drawing closer.



By His Grace,

Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D., D.Min.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

How Dark Is It?

Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name.  And at that time many will fall away and will deliver up one another and hate one another.  “And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many.  And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved” (Matthew 29:9-14).


The above passage is referring to the time of the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24 & 25).  However, do you see any similarities in Jesus’ prophecy about the end times with what is happening here in the United States?


Unless you live completely off the grid and have no access to the outside world, you have seen, over the past 6-7 months, our world, our planet, our society plunge further and further into a dark, sin-filled abyss, more so than ever before in our lifetime.  Common sense, critical thinking, and open dialog between opposing views, have all be replaced with lies, anger, violence, and lawlessness that only continues to escalate.


Here in the United States, there is chaos from coast to coast.  Anarchy has become so commonplace, in certain cities, that very few of the news media outlets even cover it, or if they do, it is with such a heavy pro-liberal, anti-conservative, anti-Christian bias, that the truth gets buried under tons of political correctness and “wokeness.”  The truth and the facts, no matter how evident or glaringly obvious, are ignored in order to push an ideological narrative which, while portrayed as “the moral high ground,” is nothing short of evil and destructive, all for only one purpose:  power. 


It has been said, “Power corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  Those who are attempting to destroy our current system of government do not care about anyone but themselves.  They are only interested in using the election processes in place to, quite literally, overthrow the Constitutional Republic known as the United States of America.  The anarchists, and those who are funding them (multi-billionaires and millionaires) are only interested in the overthrow of the USA so that they can control one of the most powerful nations on the planet.  There is no philanthropic purpose; there is no desire to lift the poor out of poverty; there is no interest in equality for all people of all nationalities.  There is only an insatiable lust to control the money, military, resources and those who cannot defend themselves.


For those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, we must remember Who is in control, even though things may appear differently for the moment.  God Almighty is still on His throne and no one, no one, least of all any power-hungry human being, is going to knock Him off His throne.  Those who seek to perpetuate evil will be brought to justice, if not in this age, in the one to come: 

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7).



My fellow believers, remember that contrary to the false gospels being sold today, Jesus did not come to unify.  He came to divide.  Those who believe in Him and those who reject Him have always been at odds. During our current political upheaval, that division will be even more pronounced and noticeable:  

Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two, and two against three. “They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law” (Luke 12:51-53).  


Not just family members will be divided when it comes to believing in Jesus as the one and only Messiah.  Friends, co-workers and strangers will disagree, sometimes respectfully, sometimes violently.  As believers, we should not be surprised.


Keep watching for Him who promised to return for his Bride, the Church:

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfortone another with these words.” (1 Thes. 4:13-18).



May the Lord bless you and keep you and continue to provide for all your needs.


By His Grace,

Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D., D.Min.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

A Kaleidoscope of Chaos: Isaiah Speaks to our Present

It’s been a while since I’ve written a new article.  As I have reflected upon why that is, it came to me that I, like many of you, am simply stunned, to the point of disbelief, at where our country has arrived.  Every day I have been astounded at how much worse things have gotten and how our so-called “leaders” have not only done nothing to stop the chaos, some have actively endorsed and encouraged it!  Quite honestly, I have been struggling to write something because I didn’t know where to begin.  


Then the Lord reminded me of these verses in the Book of Isaiah:


Isaiah 5:20-23:

20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight!

22 Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink; 

23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!


Whenever we see the word, “woe” in the Bible, it is an indicator that judgment is coming.  It’s too late to turn back; there are no more chances.  God is going to act without mercy for the wickedness that has been perpetuated by those who were supposed to act in righteousness.


Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”  

God is clearly saying, through the prophet, Isaiah, that those who lie about right and wrong, who purposefully convolute the truth for their own gain, political or financial, they will be judged.  Are we seeing this happen today?  Most definitely!!  Since when did destroying other peoples’ property become lawful, legal and removed from consequences?  Yet, it’s been happening for months all over the U.S.A. and the politicians turn their heads, make excuses, and blame others, rather than the criminals, for it.  



 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight!”  If you spend any time at all listening to those who are “leading” the violent mobs, what you will hear is their “justification” for looting, destruction, beating up other human beings and shutting down cities.  They are “wise in their own eyes,” but in reality, they are only “clever in their own sight.” Law-abiding citizens with common sense can see right through their lies.  While they are enjoying their 15 minutes of fame, God will judge them as they are not only attacking innocent people, they are attacking the lawful structure set up by God to help keep a society from descending into the kaleidoscope of chaos that they are attempting to force on others and so eagerly embrace.



“Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink; who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!”  Heroes are not those who drink the most alcohol, smoke the most marijuana, cook and use the most meth, or those who are good at altering their minds.  Yet, today, with the push to legalize mind-altering drugs and place no limits on substances known to affect a person’s ability to control an automobile, some politicians and community leaders applaud this behavior.  


[Woe to thosewho justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!”  

Money is used to “bribe” leaders to look the other way so that those whose agenda is anything but legal, can carry on with their violent activities, all in the name of “social justice.”  While this is going on, the people who are “in the right,” who are losing their businesses, their homes, their lives and their children to the wicked, they are painted as the guilty ones.    


Make no mistake!  What God speaks through Isaiah will come to pass, in His time and in His way.  


There is a principle found throughout God’s Word known as the “principle of sowing and reaping.”  The apostle Paul reminds the church at Galatia of this truth, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”


Those who are sowing the seeds of destruction will also reap destruction.  Only the destruction that they will face (unless they are graciously saved by Almighty God), will be eternal destruction, forever in the lake of fire.  The apostle John records this in the Book of Revelation, “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (20:15).


Only those who have believed and received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior will have their names in the Book of Life.  



So, what do we, as believers, do with all that is going on around us, in our own cities and towns?  Psalm 4 is a great place to start:


The Safety of the Faithful  (A Psalm of David):

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!  You have relieved me in my distress;

have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.  

2 How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my glory to shame?  How long will you love worthlessness and seek falsehood?  (Selah)

3 But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the Lord will hear when I call to Him.  

4 Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.  (Selah)

5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. 

6 There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?”  Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.  

7 You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased.  

8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

May the Lord keep your hearts and minds at peace as we witness the kaleidoscope of chaos that's going on around us.

By His Grace,

Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D., D.Min.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Wait, . . . . What??

That’s what some of you are going to say while reading, and after you have finished reading, this article. 

I’m going to take a break from the “Cultural-ishtianity” series to address what is happening in the United States of America.  I’m compelled to do so after weeks of watching what’s happening and trying to figure it out.  Being an ex-engineer, figuring things out is part of my DNA.  What is going on and who’s calling the plays?  

Here comes the part where some will wonder if I’ve lost my mind.  Ready?

We are all witnessing a well-orchestrated attack, but it’s not from who it appears to be.  Nor is this is not about what it appears to be about. Do we, as a nation, have issues that need to be addressed?  Absolutely.  But this has gone beyond that.  Powerful forces are taking advantage of a situation that started out peaceful and right, but have now been hijacked to be used for evil, lawlessness and the destruction of a nation.

What we are witnessing is one of Satan’s greatest, coordinated efforts to sow discord in such a way as to destroy this country from its foundation upward.  This, my friends, is spiritual warfare on a level that most of us have never seen in our lifetime.  

Now, before you judge me as “nuts,” allow me present my thoughts.  And, of course, you are free to disagree, but please do so with love and understanding.

Here’s what I see as the devil’s strategy:  
  • Infiltrate the schools from elementary through university. Slowly, methodically, over the last two generations, liberal, godless ideology has been taught to the children.  Now, those same children have grown up and are the professors in the universities.  They continue to teach revisionist history (U.S. and world) and hatred for anyone who would dare to disagree with them.  Christian students are, literally, ridiculed for their faith in Jesus and, in some cases, singled out for abuse and retribution. Honest professors, those who have no political agenda, have spoken out about this but they, too, have been silenced.  Those who scream loudest about free speech have stifled the free speech of believers and anyone who would dare to disagree with them, even to the point of violence, which goes without arrest or consequences.  All part of the plan.

  • A well-coordinated plan using today’s technology.  Google, Face Book, Twitter, Tik Tok, and other social media platforms have been, and are being, used to almost instantly, plan and execute the next “protest” (riot).  The same students who are attending the liberal universities (and other young people) are very savvy when it comes to the use of social media.  In fact, most of them cannot live life without their cell in their hands at all times.  And those whom Satan is using to plan, coordinate and execute this insurrection, have no idea that they are pawns, being used by the enemy of Christ. One more thing, I do not believe that those in the streets are planning any of this.  They have neither the intelligence nor the ability to design or execute with such precision.  What is happening, in almost perfect unison, requires a level of thinking and planning that the “protesters” simply don’t have.

  • Tell a lie often enough and people will believe it.  Who does Jesus describe as the “father of lies” (see John 8:44)?  This is especially true of those with no critical thinking skills (those who grew up in the schools where they did not learn to read, write or do math) which describes most of the people at these riots.  If they were able to think critically, they would see that the destruction of neighborhoods, the call to defund the police, the tearing down of historical statues will do nothing to solve the original problem of rogue police officers.  Instead, through their social-media-fed brains, they continue to scream the lies that they are being told, mostly because they aren’t able to think it through.  Once again, the devil’s plan is working with great success.

  • Spiritual warfare is going on all around us, we just don’t see it, or don’t want to understand it.  Here’s where some of you are saying, “Wait, . . . . what?”  Spiritual warfare is not a new concept.  The Bible speaks of it frequently.  Want some proof?  Here are only two of many Scripture passages:
o   Daniel 10:1-18.  Ephesians 6:10-12.

I realize that without a Biblical world-view, this makes no sense at all and will be labeled as the ramblings of a “right-wing, dangerous Christian fanatic.”  And yes, the plan is to slander and then silence all Christian voices.  Look around at what's happening.  Ever wonder why the churches had to be shut down for Covid 19 but the abortion clinics and liquor stores were deemed to be “essential?”  Think about that for a while.

So what do we, as believers, do during such times as these?  Here are some thoughts about that from Paul’s first letter to the church at Thessalonica (1 Thes. 5:12-22):
  • “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work.  Live in peace with one another.  14 And we urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men.  15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men.  16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  19 Do not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise prophetic utterances.  21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;  22 abstain from every form of evil.

  • "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6).

There are many believers who are struggling with what’s happening in our land these days.  Some are just plain fearful of what’s coming.  Maybe you are one of them.  To everyone who names the name of Christ as his or her Savior and Lord, remember who’s in charge.  Hold fast to the promises of Christ.  

Here are some Scripture passages to strengthen all of us during this time of uncertainty:
  • Psalm 29: 1-11.  Daniel 4:34-37.  Matthew 10:29-32.  1 Timothy 6:13-16.

The words of Dr. Mal Couch about the coming of the Rapture of the Church are even truer now than ever before, “Perhaps today.”

By His Grace,
Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D., D.Min.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Cultural-ishtianity: Church Polity (Leadership)

“Polity” is a word we don’t hear used very often.  In the context of a church, it’s defined as the form of government, leadership of a religious denomination or individual church.

According to the New Testament, the Church (or individual gatherings of believers) is to be lead by, governed by, elders and deacons (see 1 Timothy 3:1-14; Titus 1:5-9).  They are to be men who are appointed (not voted on by the congregants) to leadership because they have met the qualifications that Paul specifies in 1 Timothy 3:1-14 and Titus 1:5-9.  These elders are to be considered worthy of “double honor, especially those who teach” (1 Timothy 5:17).  Yes, according to Paul, elders are to receive a stipend, especially the elder who works hard at teaching God’s Word to the congregation.  And these elders are to be protected from false accusations that could come from disgruntled members of a congregation, in the same way accusations were handled in the Old Testament, with 2 or 3 witnesses testifying as to the veracity of the charge against an elder (1 Timothy 5:19).  Otherwise, the accusation is to be ignored.

Culture has, once again, managed to seep into the Church in the area of polity/governance/leadership of the Church.  Most churches today are set up as a corporation where the lead pastor is viewed as the “CEO,” the elders/deacons are seen as the “Board of Directors” who, by the way, can dismiss the pastor/CEO whether or not he has given them a legitimate reason for doing so, simply because the “corporation” is not growing under his leadership.  The congregants are looked at as “share holders” who expect a return on their investment (i.e. their giving/donations), otherwise they grumble and complain to the Board of Directors who, in turn, threatens the pastor/CEO with dismissal if he doesn’t please the shareholders.  The "shareholders" (the members of the congregation) oftentimes vote for the elders/deacons that they want on the elder/deacon boards, as if the Church is some sort of democracy, where the majority rules.  No!  The Church of Jesus Christ is a monarchy and He, alone, is the King.

This corporate model is wrong on so many levels, the worst of which is that it completely ignores God’s instructions, as given through the Holy Spirit to the apostle Paul.  It also assumes that if the church’s numbers are growing, if there are more and more people attending a particular church, then that church is a “success,” regardless of whether or not those attending a church are growing in love and knowledge of God and His Word.

Over the years, people have asked, “How do you know if your ministry is successful?  Is it church growth? Is it the number of baptisms? Is it the number of missionaries your church supports?” and many other so-called indicators.  My answer has been, and will continue to be, “A pastor’s ministry is successful if the people whom God has given him to shepherd are more spiritually mature today than they were at this time last year because he has worked hard at explaining the Scriptures and they are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ, whether that is a church of 20 people, 200 people or 2000 people.”

Numbers, alone, are not an indicator of “success” in the ministry of a pastor or a church.   Unfortunately, with the “corporate” model (that too many churches have adopted), far too many godly pastors, who taught God’s Word with clarity and relevance, have been dismissed because they didn’t increase the number of shareholders in the pews.

God forgive us for straying so far from His design for His Church, and help us to get back to the leadership model that’s clearly defined for the Church in the Scriptures.

By His Grace,
Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D., D.Min.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Our Entire World Brought to Its Knees (let's pray while we're there)

There can be no doubt that the entire world, all of humanity, has been brought to its collective knees. Schools and businesses are closed; places of employment are shut down; the medical communities, of the entire world, are straining to keep patients alive if at all possible; groceries stores, once overflowing with products, have empty shelves due to the panic created by the media; the stock market is plummeting in value; even churches are cancelling in-person services.  What could possibly cause such worldwide chaos:  nuclear war, chemical spills, earthquakes, tornados, typhoons, volcanoes erupting, a zombie apocalypse?

None of the above.  It’s a virus.  Wait, its not some foreign army, aliens from outer space, or some natural disaster. Nope, it’s a virus, one that’s being passed from one human being to another, literally, and all around the planet, even to some of the most remote islands on earth.

The Corona virus, Covid 19, measures 120 nano-meters (nm) across.  That’s it?  Yep. Let me give you some perspective.  A nano-meter is one-billionth of a meter.  A meter (39.4 inches) is a little larger that a yard (36 inches).  So, if you divide one meter (39.4 inches) into one billion pieces, the Covid 19 virus is only as wide as 120 of those one billion pieces.  That is the world’s current, common, enemy; that is the one thing that the entire world is focused on stopping; that microscopic virus is killing people, by the minute, all over the Earth, and our money, our bombs, our weapons, our hatred, our politics, our most brilliant scientists, around the world, at this moment, are powerless to stop it from happening.

All of God’s creation continues to flourish.  The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, the rain is falling, the geese are squawking as they fly overhead, the sun rises and sets, the stars are still in the night sky along with the moon and the planets.  Yet mankind, the highest, most intelligent of all of God’s creatures, has been brought to our knees, by an invisible virus that measures 120 billionths of a meter.  The mystery here is how do we defeat it; how do we kill it so that it stops killing so many people?

The prophet Daniel, when faced with the mystery of interpreting the king’s dream, turned to God for wisdom and understanding:
Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven; Daniel answered and said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him.  And it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding.  It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him" (Daniel 2:19-22).

No doubt numerous believers are praying and asking God to help with this “mystery” called the Corona Virus, and that is the right thing to do.  Pray that God will be merciful and gracious and give the scientists and medical people wisdom and knowledge; pray that through the countless number of tragedies around the globe that God will reveal everyone’s need for a Savior; pray that believers will be compassionate, caring and loving and not show even a hint of spiritual pride or a judgmental attitude, but remember that they, too, were once lost souls in need of Jesus.

Hopefully all humanity will learn some very important lessons from this battle with a virus. Here’s a few:  that life, here, is short and precious; that “things” (cars, boats, houses, money etc.) mean absolutely nothing and are worthless at the time of one’s final breath; that other people, friends and family, are truly the most precious gifts that we have while we’re here on Earth.  And most of all, that there is a God who is sovereign over this universe, and every human being will stand before Him at the moment of their physical death (Hebrews 9:27) to give a reason why He should allow them into His heaven.  May the gospel message be clearly taught during this time of extreme circumstances.

Out of love, care and concern for others in your community, please heed the advice being given by the medical professionals:  (1) stay home if you are sick; (2) wash your hands frequently and vigorously; (3) don’t touch your eyes, nose, mouth or face with your hands;  (4) observe the social separation policy of 6 feet of distance; (5) the older generation are the most vulnerable to this virus; (6) please don’t panic and hoard products.  By the way, this is an upper respiratory illness, NOT a digestive one; so don’t hoard the toilet paper.

May the Lord keep you and bless you.

By His Grace,
Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D., D.Min.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Cultural-ishtianity: Interpreting the Bible

For decades now, many in western cultures have denied any sort of “absolute truth.”  That denial is part of the post-modern mindset, which sees virtually everything regarding truth as “relative.”  In other words, what might be true for one person may not, necessarily be true for someone else, even if there are facts in place that prove, beyond a doubt, that something is, in fact, true.  This is particularly relevant in the areas of morality, ethics and decency.

This relativistic method of determining what is true and not true, has dug its way deeply into the Church and especially in the area of “hermeneutics” (interpretation of the Bible). In fact, this relativistic method of determining truth has been the cause of all sorts of wrong interpretations of God’s Word, thereby creating theological havoc amongst many denominations.

Interpretation of the Bible is also driven by various cultural and political agendas:  homosexuality, abortion, social justice pundits, conservatives, liberals, warmongers and “peace at all costs” proponents. The Bible never speaks of a democracy or a republic, communism or socialism.  The Bible speaks of a Kingdom, over which rules only one King, who makes all the rules and dispenses justice accordingly.  He is a monarch.  An electoral college or a popular vote does not put Him on His throne.  King Jesus will rule and reign here on the earth at His second coming, just as the Bible prophesies.

Dr. Mal Couch taught his students that there is only one correct interpretation of a passage.  There may be secondary applications, but there is only one correct interpretation.  That’s why he was so emphatic about learning and using the original languages, so that the possibility of a wrong interpretation, and leading people astray, is minimized.

Not everyone can spend 3-6 years obtaining a seminary education; so let me give you some solid rules for doing a better job of understanding and interpreting the Bible.

For the deep study of God’s Word, I recommend the New American Standard Translation mainly because it is a transliteration of the original languages.  That being said, the following rules will apply to any good translation, but not a paraphrase translation (e.g. The Message, The Living Bible, etc.).  

When studying a passage remember the following 4 things are ALWAYS important:

  1. Context.  What is going on before and after the passage you are studying? By paying attention to this, you will better understand why the author, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, has written those words.
  2. Grammar.  Pay attention to whether the words are speaking of the past, present or future. A lot of misinterpretation comes from not paying attention to the verb tenses. A pastor friend once said that a lot of Bible misinterpretation is because people don’t remember their English grammar rules.
  3. History.  What was going on during that time will tell you whether the passage applies to New Testament era believers or not.
  4. Literalness.  Take it literally unless the Bible tells you not to.  The Bible does use figures of speech and other literary devices, but normally you can determine what it means by following rules 1, 2 and 3.  The Bible says what it means and means what it says.  We may not like it, but that doesn’t render it untrue.  Too many times I hear people say, “Well, it can’t mean that,” or “I feel like God meant something else.”  No, He didn’t!  He’s very clear.

One other thing to remember:  Don’t create your theology from a singular biblical historical event.  Ax heads don’t float, but it did happened once (2 Kings 6:1-7).  Paul didn’t die when a poisonous snake, a viper, bit him, but that was for a specific time, location and reason (Acts 28:1-6).  Unfortunately, some people have taken this as normative for the Christian faith and have died after being bitten by snakes.

The Bible is not hard to understand; it’s sometimes hard to accept.  That’s because of our human rebelliousness toward God.

At the beginning of every Bible study session, pray for the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and insight into His Word.  Then follow the above mentioned rules of interpreting and the Scriptures will become more clearly understood.

May the Lord bless you as you diligently study His Word and grow in grace and knowledge of Him.

By His Grace,
Gary T. Dromi, Ph.D., D.Min.